Once upon a time….
You are bubbling with excitement. Anxiety is at its peak. Why? Because you know your partner is coming over and you will certainly be getting your freak on but…there is a little challenge. You need get some boots- I mean CONDOMS but….
Once upon time purchase condoms – hell no!!!!!! On entering the store you would get sweaty palms and like a detective you conduct a scan of the store and when you think no one is listening you would lean into the cashier ears like a lover and whispers “may I have a pack of condoms please”. If you are unfortunate enough to be dealing with a certain type of store clerk then your situation just got worst as immediately following your whispered order you hear a shout: “which type you want, Durex, Trojan, Rough Rider, wha…? Now the entire store hears your business and you want to sink into the ground- So much for being discreet (bbm rolling of eyes). This was once upon a time.
Once upon a time, there was a pervasive propensity among some individuals to freely engage in risky practices such as having unprotected sex; having more than one partners; sharing needles, and a lot more. But all of that was, Once upon a time.
Today, with HIV virus and sexual transmitted infections (STI) on the rise, we can understand why the above actions are labeled “once upon a time”. In 2009, more than 1.8 million people died from AIDS-related causes and “more than 7000 people are newly infected with HIV everyday.” These statistics speak for themselves. But the Caribbean is on the right path to lessen those figures as between 2009 and 2011, it has recorded the highest decline in aids related death.
December 1, 2012 is celebrated as World Aids Day under the theme “Getting to Zero”. The Independent Actors Movement Theatre Company has joined the global fight to Zero New HIV infections. You too can play your part in “getting to Zero”. Here is how you can play your part:
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